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Nail salon break-in investigated as an anti-Asian hate crime

Police in Salt Lake City, Utah, are investigating the break-in and vandalism of a nail salon as an anti-Asian hate crime.

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, a person reportedly broke into the WaterCreek Nails and Spa around 2:47 a.m. on Thursday, December 7. The suspect “caused significant damage” to the salon and wrote an anti-Asian phrase in black paint on the back wall.

FOX 13 reports that the damage is worth around $15,000, a sum that will significantly hurt the business. The owners’ daughter Sabrina Nguyen said her parents built the salon “from the ground up.”

“We have a great team that are fixing things very quickly. We will be up and running again in no time,” Nguyen wrote in an Instagram post, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. “My family and I are so appreciative for the love, kindness, and support this community has shown us.”

Police are searching for three suspects in connection with the incident: the man who broke in and vanadlized the salon, as well two men who left the area together.

“Hate has no place here in Salt Lake City. We want everyone who lives, works and visits Salt Lake City to feel welcome, to feel safe, and feel like they’re a part of our community,” SLCPD Sgt. Mark Wian told FOX 13.

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